1 Rhone Route
1 Rhone Route

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Rhone Route

Stage 1, Andermatt–Oberwald

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Rhone Route

The start in the stony Alpine reduit (fortress), over the treeless pastures of the Urserental, perspiring on the climb to the 2430m Furkapass and an indescribable freewheel past the ice caves of the Rhone Glacier.
To this day, Andermatt has managed to retain some of its Alpine charm: the charm of a rustic old village in the Urseren Valley, where Alpine passes have always played an important role. The Susten, Oberalp, Lukmanier, Gotthard, Nufenen, Grimsel and Furka Passes are all less than 25 kilometres from Andermatt as the crow flies, so cyclists and other visitors can expect a real Alpine atmosphere! At the start, a long straight road leads to the neighbouring village of Hospental with its well-preserved centre, right next to the Gotthard pass road. It’s impossible to get «sidetracked» in the Urseren Valley: surrounded by the impressive mountainscape and riding alongside the Furkareuss river and the Glacier Express railway, there’s almost no room for distractions on this narrow strip of lush meadowland.

After Realp, the geographical conditions change markedly. The road rises abruptly – and so will your pulse, unless you have electric power to assist you. There is an altitude difference of around 1,000 metres to overcome on gradients of up to eleven per cent. With a bit of luck, you may hear the occasional whistle of a marmot or the grand old Furka Cogwheel Steam Railway (DFB) as it passes by. The line between Realp and Oberwald connects the cantons of Uri and Valais through a tunnel just below the Furka Pass. For cyclists, the crossing between the cantons lies at the top of the Furka Pass, 2,429 metres above sea level. Afterwards, they can look forward to a rapid descent on the well-maintained pass road amid an ancient mountainscape. They should take care not to be distracted by the spectacular scenery, otherwise they may find themselves going far too fast before they know it…

The route soon reaches the Rhone Glacier by the Hotel Belvédère. By this point if not before, you’ll have plenty of company. Many tourists come to see the glacier, which has shrunk somewhat due to global warming. Today, the glacier tongue still stands at roughly the same height as the hotel. The landscape starts to change after Gletsch and, on arrival in Oberwald, you’ll find yourself on much flatter terrain.
The start in the stony Alpine reduit (fortress), over the treeless pastures of the Urserental, perspiring on the climb to the 2430m Furkapass and an indescribable freewheel past the ice caves of the Rhone Glacier.
To this day, Andermatt has managed to retain some of its Alpine charm: the charm of a rustic old village in the Urseren Valley, where Alpine passes have always played an important role. The Susten, Oberalp, Lukmanier, Gotthard, Nufenen, Grimsel and Furka Passes are all less than 25 kilometres from Andermatt as the crow flies, so cyclists and other visitors can expect a real Alpine atmosphere! At the start, a long straight road leads to the neighbouring village of Hospental with its well-preserved centre, right next to the Gotthard pass road. It’s impossible to get «sidetracked» in the Urseren Valley: surrounded by the impressive mountainscape and riding alongside the Furkareuss river and the Glacier Express railway, there’s almost no room for distractions on this narrow strip of lush meadowland.

After Realp, the geographical conditions change markedly. The road rises abruptly – and so will your pulse, unless you have electric power to assist you. There is an altitude difference of around 1,000 metres to overcome on gradients of up to eleven per cent. With a bit of luck, you may hear the occasional whistle of a marmot or the grand old Furka Cogwheel Steam Railway (DFB) as it passes by. The line between Realp and Oberwald connects the cantons of Uri and Valais through a tunnel just below the Furka Pass. For cyclists, the crossing between the cantons lies at the top of the Furka Pass, 2,429 metres above sea level. Afterwards, they can look forward to a rapid descent on the well-maintained pass road amid an ancient mountainscape. They should take care not to be distracted by the spectacular scenery, otherwise they may find themselves going far too fast before they know it…

The route soon reaches the Rhone Glacier by the Hotel Belvédère. By this point if not before, you’ll have plenty of company. Many tourists come to see the glacier, which has shrunk somewhat due to global warming. Today, the glacier tongue still stands at roughly the same height as the hotel. The landscape starts to change after Gletsch and, on arrival in Oberwald, you’ll find yourself on much flatter terrain.
38 km
Asphalted: 38 km
Natural surface: 0 km
1000 m | 1100 m
difficult

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Andermatt
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Arrival / return travel Furka Passhöhe
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Season

Season
Please note: Furkapass open from approx. May to October. Info Tel 163

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Ascent Furka Pass
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Ascent Furka Pass
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Andermatt, Bahnhof–Furka Passhöhe
or
Oberwald, Bahnhof–Furka Passhöhe
Reason: metres in height saved Andermatt–Furkapass 1000m, Oberwald–Furkapass 1070m.
Cycle transport: limited space, reservation required tel. 058 448 20 08.
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Transport Furka Tunnel
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Transport Furka Tunnel
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Realp–Oberwald
or
Oberwald–Realp
Reason: metres in height saved: Realp–Oberwald 890m, Oberwald–Realp 1070m.
Cycle transport: limited space.
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Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Oberwald
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Services

Accommodation

The River House
The River House
Andermatt
Hotel 3 Könige & Post
Hotel 3 Könige & Post
Andermatt
Pension zum Turm, Urner Ski- und Wanderheim
Pension zum Turm, Urner Ski- und Wanderheim
Hospental
Albert-Heim-Hütte SAC
Albert-Heim-Hütte SAC
Realp
Hotel Astoria
Hotel Astoria
Ulrichen
Hotel Nufenen
Hotel Nufenen
Ulrichen
Hotel Furka
Hotel Furka
Oberwald
Sport u.- Holiday-Camp
Sport u.- Holiday-Camp
Oberwald
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Bookable offers

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1 Rhone Route
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Places

Göschenen
Göschenen
Andermatt
Andermatt
Ulrichen
Ulrichen
Furkapass
Furkapass
Obergesteln
Obergesteln
Oberwald
Oberwald
Grimselpass
Grimselpass
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Places of interest

Waterworld Göschenen
Waterworld Göschenen
Eldorado of cable cars: Gemsstock
Eldorado of cable cars: Gemsstock
Monument of Suworow
Monument of Suworow
The diabolic and wild Schöllenenschlucht
The diabolic and wild Schöllenenschlucht
Steam Engine Furka Line Section
Steam Engine Furka Line Section
Rhone Glacier and Ice Grotto
Rhone Glacier and Ice Grotto
Furka Cogwheel Steam Railway
Furka Cogwheel Steam Railway
Technology and nature on Lake Grimsel
Technology and nature on Lake Grimsel
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